- Prospecting grab samples assay up to 954 g/t Ag, 832 g/t Ag, and 347 g/t Ag
- Sampling at the ERT has significantly expanded the known mineralized footprint of this target area
- 3 new showings discovered in previously unsampled northeastern portion of the property, highlighting new prospective areas
- Polymetallic nature of mineralization is encouraging for a larger epithermal system
Transition Metals Corp. is pleased to provide an update regarding recent exploration work completed on its Pike Warden project (“the Property”) located near Whitehorse, Yukon. The Company’s exploration team, in conjunction with support provided by Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited, collected a total of 116 rock samples (grab and float samples) and 109 soil samples in July. In addition, remote sensing survey activities previously announced in a press release dated July 24, 2023, have been completed.
Scott McLean, P.Geo, CEO of Transition Metals, expressed his enthusiasm regarding progress at Pike Warden this summer, stating “The latest assay results, which include values as high as 954 g/t Ag, 0.312 g/t Au, and 2.32% Cu continue to reward the dedication of our team for its efforts in the Yukon. We are encouraged that the numerous mineralized zones identified to date are indicative of a large epithermal mineralizing event and look forward to advancing the project this year.”Scott McLean, P.Geo, CEO of Transition Metals
Four new showing areas, dubbed Artemis, Hyperion, Chronos and ERT West; have been identified though recent work (Figure 1). Sampling returned values up to 954 g/t Ag, 0.312 g/t Au, 2.32% Cu, 13.85% Pb, 0.42% Zn, and 0.72% Mo in zones of outcropping and scree mineralization (Table 1). These new zones bring the number of mineralized showings on the Property to a total of 22. Only the ERT Zone has been tested by a limited RC drill program (see Company news release dated January 16, 2023). The Artemis, Hyperion and Chronos showings are new discoveries located in the previously unsampled northeastern portion of the property. This recent sampling at ERT has greatly expanded the known footprint of silver mineralization exposed at surface in this target region.The continued identification of new mineralization further demonstrates the significant potential of a much larger polymetallic epithermal mineralizing system on the Property.
Remote Sensing Surveys
The LiDAR and orthophotography survey contracted to Pioneer Exploration Consultants Ltd., was successfully flown on August 10, 2023, with post-processing and QA-QC in progress. The Company expects delivery of the survey data shortly, when it will be reviewed to enhance the interpretation of pertinent contacts and structural trends which have been shown to be related to, and will help further delineate, the mineralizing system on the Property.
Separately, the alteration mapping program, undertaken with PhotoSat, successfully collected multispectral data from the WorldView-3 satellite on August 27, 2023. Post-processing and QA-QC are currently underway, with the results expected in the coming weeks. PhotoSat utilizes high-resolution multispectral satellite imagery from optical satellites to recognize mineral system associated alteration through spectral mapping and deep learning technology. This approach distinguishes and maps various common alteration minerals that will allow the Company’s exploration team to further analyze the collected data to delineate potential alteration and mineralization zones and refine future exploration targets.
Results from the sampling program have been integrated into the Company’s growing data sets for this project. These data sets now include more than 750 soils, talus fines, and silt-fraction samples; over 1,200 mapping and sampling stations; along with high-resolution airborne magnetic and radiometric survey data. These data sets will be further complimented by the high-resolution LiDAR, orthophotography, and hyperspectral alteration mapping surveys. In all they will enhance the Company’s understanding of the controls on mineralization and will assist refining priority targets for diamond drilling. Results from sampling at the Artemis, Hyperion, Chronos and ERT West zones have encouraged the Company to undertake a follow-up sampling program on the property in the coming weeks.
About the Pike Warden Property
The Pike Warden property is located approximately 65 kilometres southwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, and is composed of 185 contiguous mining claims totaling approximately 37 km². The property encompasses a combination of historic and recently discovered high-grade polymetallic gold, copper, and silver epithermal showings that are potentially indicative of a large epithermal-porphyry system in the vicinity of the Bennett Lake Volcanic Complex. In June 2022 Transition entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the property from the Vendor in exchange for cash, shares, and work expenditures over a four-year period (see Company news release dated June 28, 2022).
Yukon Mineral Exploration Program
Transition Metals Corp. would like to acknowledge financial support from the 2023-24 Yukon Mineral Exploration Program (YMEP). This program supports placer and hard rock exploration projects by reimbursing a percentage of approved exploration expenditures, with the intent to support early-stage projects and stimulate new mineral discoveries. It’s important to note that the opinions and views expressed in this announcement are those of Transition Metals Corp., and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Yukon.
The technical elements of this press release have been approved by Mr. Benjamin Williams, P.Geo. (PGO), who is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101.
About Transition Metals Corp.
Transition Metals Corp. (TSXV: XTM) is a Canadian-based, multi-commodity explorer. Its award-winning team of geoscientists has extensive exploration experience which actively develops and tests new ideas for discovering mineralization in places that others have not looked, often allowing the company to acquire properties inexpensively. Joint venture partners earn an interest in the projects by funding a portion of higher-risk drilling and exploration, allowing Transition to conserve capital and minimize shareholder’s equity dilution.
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